On this day…

In 1856 Nikola Tesla—a Serbian American inventor and researcher who discovered the rotating magnetic field, the basis of most alternating-current machinery—was born this day … Read more

Crowd storms Bahraini embassy in Baghdad

More than 200 demonstrators broke into the Bahraini embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and took down the nation’s flag on Thursday night to protest … Read more

ExxonMobil and other oil firms targeted in rocket attack in Iraq

 

A rocket landed at a residential and operations headquarters of several global major oil companies, including U.S. giant ExxonMobil, near Iraq’s southern city of Basra … Read more

Britain raises threat level in Iraq

Sky News is reporting that Britain has raised the threat level for UK forces and diplomats in Iraq because of what sources say is a … Read more

Germany and the Netherlands suspend military training in Iraq

Germany and the Netherlands are  suspending military training operations in Iraq due to increasing regional tensions and an unspecified threat.

The Germany Defence Ministry said … Read more

Washington orders non-emergency government employees to leave Iraq

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday ordered the departure of “non-emergency government employees” from Iraq, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said in a statement.

Referring … Read more

Corporate Dispatch Morning Briefing

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The latest on the deadly bombing in Pakistan, the hostage situation in Toulouse, the geopolitical situations in the Gulf, the situation in Iraq … Read more

Pompeo makes surprise visit to Iraq, stepping up warning to Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a lightning visit to Baghdad on Tuesday to show U.S. support for the Iraqi government as Washington steps … Read more

Islamic State justifies Sri Lanka attacks, links them to Iraq and vows further revenge for loss of territory – al-Baghdadi in new video

The Islamic State group has released a video of a man it says is its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, vowing to seek revenge for its … Read more

Iraq: Mass grave of Kurds killed in Saddam Hussein’s time unearthed

Iraq must never forget Saddam Hussein’s crimes or allow his party to return, President Barham Salih said on Sunday after attending the unearthing of a … Read more

Kurds want an international court to try ISIS foreign fighters

Kurdish Syrian fighters that defeated and removed ISIS fighter from their last strongholds called for an international tribunal to prosecute hundreds of foreigners rounded up … Read more

100 die as ferry carrying families in Iraq capsized in Tigris river

France 24 reports that 100 persons died after a ferry carrying families celebrating the Nowruz holiday capsized in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city … Read more

2003 and 2011 – Iraq and Libya – On this day, two US led military interventions started with one end result – A weaker standing in world ‘policing’

On this day in 2003, the United States, along with coalition forces primarily from the United Kingdom, initiates war on Iraq. Just after explosions began … Read more

Iranian president begins ‘historic’ visit to Iraq

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived on Monday in Iraq’s capital Baghdad, marking his first visit to the neighbouring country since he took office in … Read more

Italian ISIS fighter warns of sleeper cells

 

In a Reuters exclusive report Mounsef al-Mkhayar, a 22-year-old of Moroccan descent who grew up in Italy, warned that the Islamic State (ISIS) was … Read more

Fear makes us crazy says Pope Francis as he arrives in Panama – He announces visits to Iraq and Japan

There were those who had waited at the airport all day. And it was hot (33°C not counting the horrendous humidity).

There were those who … Read more

#10YearChallenge – Syria, Libya, Iraq Then and Now

Internet this week has been exploding with #10YearChallenge pictures and videos of how people and their lives have changed.

The challenge faced by these countries … Read more

U.S. President makes unannounced visit to troops in Iraq

US President Donald Trump made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Wednesday, leaving behind a partially shuttered U.S. government to greet American troops helping hold … Read more

News

Iraq Parliament elects new President

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Iraq’s Parliament elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the country’s new president, in a step to form a new government.

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Civil unrest intensifies in southern Iraq

Civil unrest fueled by anger against perceived corruption and misrule by Iraq’s political elite intensified across the south of the country on Friday, as protesters … Read more

177 politicians from 16 electoral lists make new majority bloc in Iraq

An Iraqi political alliance announced on Sunday contains 177 lawmakers from 16 electoral lists, making it the majority bloc in the newly elected parliament, an … Read more

Turkish President vowed to bring peace and safety to Iraq and areas in Syria not under Turkish control

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Sunday to bring peace and safety to Iraq and areas in Syria not under Turkish control and said terrorist … Read more

Friday Morning Briefing

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Start your day informed with your morning briefing providing you the highlights of what happened in the last 24 hours Malta, Europe and … Read more

On This Day, 1991 Iraq invades Kuwait

History Channel: At about 2 a.m. local time, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait, Iraq’s tiny, oil-rich neighbor. Kuwait’s defense forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and those … Read more

UK

Iraqi Sister who fled Islamic State is denied entry to Britain for the second time

The Catholic Herald : An Iraqi Sister who was forced to flee Islamic State in 2014 has been denied entry to Britain for a second … Read more